Many people know Bruce Lee for Jeet Kune Do. Many people know Bruce Lee studied Wing Chun Kung Fu before giving up fixed styles. Many do not know that it was Yip Man that trained a young Lee Jun Fan in formal style.
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Bak mei (white eyebrow) kung fu master Leung Sheung proudly demonstrated another self-defense technique to his class: side kick, grab, punch. Leung executed the movements with as much fluency and precision as would be expected from any 20-year veteran of the fighting arts. The students then imitated the perfection of his form. In the back of the room, the old man quickly turned his head away and bit down on his tongue, swallowing his laughter.
Side kick! Grab! Punch! The old man leaned against the wall for support. Now his body shuddered as he struggled to conceal his amusement. Suddenly his efforts failed, and his silent chuckles grew into loud roars of laughter.
Leung stopped his class, his face red with anger. “Hey, old man!” he snapped. “What are you laughing at?”
“Oh, nothing,” he replied. “Please continue. I’ll try not to disturb you further.”
Leung took a deep breath and paced across the room. He was still furious. “Look, old man, a few months ago we found you living out of garbage cans in Macao,” he said. “We brought you here to the Union Hall. We gave you a place to sleep and food to eat. The least you could do is show a little respect when I’m teaching.”
The old man perked up an ear. Had he heard the man say “respect”?
“Then the least you could do is show a little respect for the art that you teach,” the old man growled back. “All you do is have your students punch air.” He quickly moved through Leung’s technique: side kick, grab, punch. “But the air doesn’t hit back. What happens when you face an enemy who will?” Continue reading